Next to catching up with friends and family, the best thing about having visitors to London is using their visit as a gold plated excuse to delight in doing a few touristy things. Over the years we’ve ticked 99.9% of London’s attractions off the list, but we hadn’t quite managed to make it to one of the Cereal Killer Cafes. Yet.
Well, that was until our lovely friend from Texas came, giving me the perfect excuse to accompany her to this retro kitsch heaven.
Identical twins Alan and Gary Keery, from Belfast, came up with the idea of selling breakfast cereal after experiencing a morning hangover during a lunch break in Shoreditch and craving a sugary cereal fix.
[Sidenote: how often do hangover ideas actually make it off the couch and come off as business proposals?]
After conducting their own research, inspired by established cereal cafes in the the US (and the 2007 film Flakes) they opened the cult sensation Cereal Killer cafe.
By 2017 the brothers had opened cereal cafes in Camden, Birmingham and Kuwait. The Camden Market location features a proper retro vibe, complete with beds used as seating around tables.
We were a little overwhelmed by the imported cereal flavours that they had on offer, and quite impressed by all the special edition boxes lining the walls as decoration.
You line up, order your cereal fix (straight with milk, as a custard shake, with milk ice cream…), are handed a VHS as a table marker – this simultaneously made me grin and feel super old as I owned Lady and the Tramp as a kid – and you grab a table out back…
…or maybe a bed.
The Cereal Killer Cafe is sheer unadulterated fun. Retro video games, mismatched furniture, exposed pipework – all the hipster calling cards and it certainly made us smile as we caught up.
(We were a little disappointed by our malted custard shakes though, they were nice but quite warm….)
Such a great concept for a fun afternoon.
Have you been to one of the Cereal Killer Cafes?